The game uses a few thousand different icons for spells and items. Each of them is stored within the MPQs and is accessible on certain database websites such as Allakhazam. Almost every icon present in the game has been uploaded, organized and categorized here on the Wowpedia. Icons are categorized mostly by their filename. However, in some cases the filename given by Blizzard developers is inconsistent with others, and in these cases they have been put in what would be the correct category.
As the same icon may be used in multiple places, it is important that icons uploaded on Wowpedia follow the naming convention kept in the MPQ files; see the name normalization section for details.
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Finding an Icon
There are currently three ways to go about finding an icon.
1. Master Icon List
- Wowpedia:WoW Icons/Icon List - Icon list for current Live patch.
- Wowpedia:WoW Icons/PTR Icon List - Icon list for current PTR patch.
2. By Category
- Start in the Category:WoW Icons Category and navigate manually.
3. By Directory
- View the Filename Directory below to browse with every category visible.
Contributing to Wowpedia
Adding Icons to Articles
Alas, not every item, spell, or ability has been matched up with its appropriate icon! We encourage Wowpedians to help match the article to its appropriate icon(s). Using WoWhead and Thottbot are excellent ways to devise the appropriate icon (and even its filename). Users can also browse the item image requests category to see some articles that are cold naked with no icon, and there are even more articles that have not been flagged that need our help.
I want to upload an icon I can't find!
Almost every icon in World of Warcraft has been uploaded and categorized here on Wowpedia. However, should you discover one either in error or missing (please check and double-check that the icon you are attempting to upload does not already exist on Wowpedia), please follow these steps:
To upload an icon, first download an application that can open .MPQ files, locate the correct .MPQ file, find the image and export it to a .png file. Once that is done, go to Special:Upload. Consult the name normalization section below to find an appropriate destination file name. Remember to verify its extension is .png, that its size is 64x64, and that it doesn't already exist. If you do upload an icon, please try to place it in the appropriate category, or if you prefer someone else to categorize it, simply put it in Category:WoW Icons.
If you do not wish to go through these troubles when creating a spell or item page, leave the icon parameter blank and another Wowpedian will eventually update it.
File names of icons hosted on Wowpedia are based on the the file names in the MPQ files; however, several transformations are applied:
- Lower case the file name
- Wiki file names are case sensitive, while MPQs are not; this avoids the need to look up "proper" capitalization of an icon file name.
- Convert the ".blp" files to ".png"
- WoW icons should be uploaded as PNG images.
- Replace any underscores with spaces
- Wiki file names do not differentiate between the two characters; this sets the stage for the next transformations aimed at removing confusing white space.
- Replace any occurrences of multiple space characters with a single space character
- Remove any space characters appearing immediately before the file extension
In some cases, file names in MPQs may be obviously wrong (typoed, for example); you should still upload the icon to the MPQ-derived filename. In cases where this does not collide with another icon name, you may create a redirect from the "intended" file name to the actual one.
WoW Icons Organization Project
After having uploaded, sorted and categorized almost every icon in World of Warcraft, the majority of the Organization Project is complete. However, we are still attempting to implement and improve better ways of viewing, browsing and possibly searching through the icons.
Icons Filename Directory
A partial list of large icons. Large icons are icons of less than 65 pixels high, but larger than 33 pixels high.